Music Theory & Musicianship Courses & Classes in London and Online

Musicianship courses will support your instrumental or vocal studies with a focus on reading, writing and hearing music and musical patterns. For more details about musicianship and music theory courses please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.

You can now study in the comfort of your home with our online courses.

For a limited time new students can get 20% off their first online course using code CITYLIT20. (Terms & Conditions apply )

To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

  1. Swing jazz rhythm notation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 31 May 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you struggle to negotiate reading and writing in swing time? This 'clinic' aims to help you hear and steer in swing feel. Students must be accustomed to playing jazz.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £18.00

  2. Musicianship for keyboard players: introduction

    Course Date: Mon 6 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve your understanding of theory and musicianship in relation to the piano. This course is for pianists who have been learning for around two years.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Song lyric writing: create and combine with melody

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 9 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Create original, catchy and memorable lyrics from scratch. Learn how to generate lyrics from your everyday experiences. Look at structure, creating a hook and finding your unique writing style.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  4. Songwriting: form and function

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your ability to make songs through practical exercises. Examine well known songs from pop, rock and jazz in order to understand their chord progressions, accompaniment, bass lines and rhythm. Ideal for players and singers with a good working knowledge of harmony.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  5. Musicianship 2: ear training

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jul 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. We will sing intervals, scales and harmonies, and set routines for you to practise. Relevant music theory is included.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  6. Composition techniques: intensive workshop

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Write a composition in a week, using the concepts of ground bass and variations. Good music theory knowledge (grade 5 or higher) and playing skills needed.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  7. Musicianship 1: learn to read music

    Musicianship 1: learn to read music

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn how to understand the notation of pitch, metre and rhythm. An introduction for absolute beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. Sight-singing

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your sight singing skillsthrough the application of Kodaly methodologies. This course will help you to link sounds and symbols, improving your ability to hear music off the page, and to memorise and transcribe what you hear. Tutor: Selena Kay [external website].

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  9. Score reading: the classical period

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to identify the broad stylistic features of piano and other instrumental scores from the late 18th century. For musicians at Grade 5 theory (or equivalent) standard or higher: this course includes discussion of diatonic harmony, including chord progression.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

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